LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 20 (PNA) —- The city government of Legazpi handed over certificates of commendations and cash prizes to the six barangays (villages) and ten barangay health workers (BHW) who have shown outstanding performances in implementing the city’s rabies eradication and control program for 2016.
Nancy Andes, CVO chief, said the awarding ceremonies, which were held Tuesday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation (ICR), named Barangay Taysan in the southern portion of the city as most outstanding in the “big barangay” category.
Andes, along with Mayor Noel E. Rosal, also handed certificates to Barangay Rawis and Maslog for being second and third place, respectively. All three winners were under the “big barangays” category.
Renato Valladolid, chairman of first place winner Barangay Taysan, commended the city administration and CVO for recognizing the efforts of the barangays in implementing the city’s anti-rabies program.
He said his barangay won in the search because he was able to properly implement the anti-rabies ordinance of the city.
The Barangay Council of Taysan also created a “Sagip Aso Program” (dog rescue program) to encourage animal owners to become responsible pet owners.
“I always inform my constituents that stray dogs are not allowed in our barangay,” said Villadolid.
He said these were the reasons Barangay Taysan has become a “stray dog-free” territory.
Under the “small barangay” category, the winners were Barangays Mariawa, Ilawod West and 19 Cabangan.
The most outstanding BHWs included Zenaida Toledo of Barangay Centro Baybay, Perla Mirafuentes of Barangay EM’s Barrio, Gloria Luzon of Barangay Penaranda, Lilia Botalon of Barangay Pigcale, Jacqueline Banzuela of Barangay Cabangan West, and Rowena Marfil, Ma. Fatima Bornilla, Josephine Benitez and Fe Apin—all of Barangay Oro Site.
Andes said there were three criteria for selecting the winners.
She said the barangays and BHWs must have achieved a “100 percent” rating in both its dog population survey and anti-rabies vaccination in their respective villages.
“They must have also conducted successful anti-rabies vaccination awareness programs in their barangays,” she added.
Andes said this year, CVO was able to vaccinate a total of 19,000 dogs in Legazpi City’s 70 villages.
She said that last year, CVO posted 1,650 animal bites, usually of dogs and cats, while in the first five months of 2016, CVO recorded a total of 375 animal bites.
“Anti-rabies vaccination is an annual activity of the CVO which seeks to eliminate the negative effects of animal bites and maintain the city’s status as a zero rabies territory,” said Andes.
She said rabies is a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord that may eventually lead to a person’s death. The symptoms include loss of appetite and weakness.
Andes urged all the barangay chairmen and BHWs to always cooperate in the city’s anti-rabies vaccination program to reduce and eliminate rabies cases in communities.
She urged all barangay officials to always inform the pet owners to be responsible in caring for their pets to reduce the cases of animal bites in the community.
“At the age of three months, the dogs and cats should be vaccinated and the owners of the animals should always consult a veterinarian regarding the status of the health of their animals,” Andes pointed out.
Rosal urged all the barangay chairmen and BHWs to always cooperate in the city’s anti-rabies vaccination program to wipe out rabies cases in the community. (PNA) LAP/GVR/EPS/CBD/EDS